Continuing Our Journey for Equity
Southeast Asian American communities are moving into and expanding a larger civil rights and social justice agenda, grounded in but transcending the immediate direct service needs of our communities. Join four diverse, intergenerational speakers to reflect on the community’s journey of healing, our fight for equity, and our collective hopes for the future.
ReleaseMN8: The Fight Against Deportation
Special Guest: Chamroeun Phan
Last fall, eight Cambodian men in Minnesota were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and threatened with deportation to a country they barely knew. Their families fought back and launched the ReleaseMN8 movement. Hear directly from ReleaseMN8 members and learn about their struggles and successes in their fight against deportation. This session will demonstrate to participants how to build an effective campaign through community support.
From Pre-K to Post-Grad: Education Equity for Southeast Asian American Students
Want to know about what Southeast Asian American organizations and community members have been doing to ensure equity for our students in the "pre-kindergarten through high school, college, and workforce" pipeline? Join a panel of SEAA education experts to discuss their work toward SEAA education equity, addressing student challenges, and what we can do to support our students from pre-k through the workforce.
Moving the Mountain while Climbing the Mountain: SEAA Elders Aging with Health and Dignity
Southeast Asian American elders are leaders, caregivers, and vital members of our communities. Their knowledge and experiences can guide the generations to come together to move mountains. Explore the challenges of aging in SEAA communities and learn ways to ensure that your community organizing and advocacy is intergenerational. Hear stories of vibrancy, strength, and resilience of elders in our communities, and leave with concrete actions to bring the elders in your community into the fold.
Breaking the Silence to End Gender-Based Violence
Kabzuag Vaj, Jenny Sem, and Savang Chhorm
Engage in a stimulating discussion on the different forms of gender-based violence in the Southeast Asian American community including domestic violence, sexual assault, and abusive international marriages. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of gender-based violence and ideas for transformative solutions to achieving gender justice in the SEAA community.
Transforming Manhood and Masculinity
Join Pheng Thao of ManForward as he explores why it matters for men and masculine folks in Southeast Asian American communities to understand their role and involvement in ending gender-based violence. This workshop will discuss how to transform male norms by engaging men, masculine folks, and those who work with masculine and male identities in deepening their gender lens while building community.
Supporting the Incarcerated Community
Hear from individuals supporting currently and formerly incarcerated Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through post-incarceration re-entry services, educational programming inside the prison system, and deportation advocacy and mobilization. The panelists will share best practices, models, and lessons learned with community members interested in working with the incarcerated community.
Recording History, Connecting Generations
Stories can inspire us, connect us, heal us, and strengthen us. However, in the SEAA community, so many powerful stories remain untold. Join Christine Su to learn how the Khmer Generations Project (KGP) uses digital stories to record history and connect generations. Gain skills through a step-by-step training on how to assemble and digitally record personal or familial stories to preserve, share, and bring awareness to your experiences.
Building Power with Civic Engagement
Cha Vang, Nancy Xiong
How do we mobilize the growing AAPI electorate to challenge racism, sexism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia in electoral politics? Join Cha Vang, executive director of Hmong Innovating Politics, as she shares best practices for building community power through elections. This workshop presents strategies and tactics to strengthen the power of disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.